A. In Practicing the Body Life
1. By the Presenting of Our Bodies
1 1I 2aexhort you therefore, brothers, through the 3bcompassions of God to 4cpresent your bodies a 5living dsacrifice, holy, ewell pleasing to God, which is your 6reasonable 7fservice.
2. By the Renewing of the Mind
2 And do 1not be afashioned according to 2this bage, but be 3ctransformed by the 4drenewing of the emind that you may 5fprove what the 6gwill of God is, that which is good and hwell pleasing and perfect.
3 For I say, through the agrace given to me, to every one who is among you, not to 1think more bhighly of himself than he ought to think, but to think so as to be csober-minded, as God has apportioned to each a dmeasure of faith.
3. By the Exercising of the Gifts
4 For just as in aone body we have bmany members, and all the members do not have the csame 1function,
5 So we who are many are one Body 1in Christ, and individually 2amembers one of another.
6 And having 1agifts that differ according to the bgrace given to us, whether 2cprophecy, let us prophesy according to the dproportion of faith;
7 Or 1service, let us be faithful in that service; or he who ateaches, in that teaching;
8 Or he who aexhorts, in that exhortation; he who 1bgives, in simplicity; he who 2cleads, in diligence; he who 3shows dmercy, in cheerfulness.
4. By the Living of a Life of the Highest Virtues
9 1Let alove be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; bcling to what is good.
10 aLove one another warmly in brotherly love; take the lead in showing honor one to another.
11 Do not be slothful in zeal, but be 1aburning in spirit, 2bserving the Lord.
12 Rejoice in hope; aendure in tribulation; bpersevere in prayer.
13 1aContribute to the needs of the saints; pursue bhospitality.
14 1aBless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 1Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.
16 Be of the asame mind toward one another, not bsetting your mind on the high things but going along with the 1lowly; do not be cwise in yourselves.
17 aRepay no one evil for evil; 1btake forethought for things honorable in the sight of all men.
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live in apeace with all men.
19 Do not 1avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath of God, for it is written, a"Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.''
20 aBut "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will heap coals of fire upon his head.''
21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
B. In Being Subject to Authorities
1 Let every 1person be 2asubject to the authorities over him, for bthere is no authority except 3from God, and those which exist are 4ordained by God.
2 So then he who resists the authority opposes God's ordination, and those who oppose will receive 1judgment to themselves.
3 For the arulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Do you want to have no fear of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from him;
4 For he is a 1servant of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, fear; he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is a 1servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who practices evil.
5 Therefore it is necessary to be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes; for they are God's 1officers, attending constantly to this very thing.
7 aRender to all the things due: tax to whom tax is due, custom to whom custom is due, fear to whom fear is due, honor to whom honor is due.
C. In Practicing Love
8 Owe nothing to anyone except to alove one another; for he who 1loves the other has bfulfilled the law.
9 For, a"You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,'' and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, b"You shall love your neighbor as yourself.''
10 aLove does not work evil to his neighbor; therefore love is the bfulfillment of the law.
D. In Waging the Warfare
11 And this, knowing the atime, that it is already the hour for you to be braised from sleep; for now is our 1salvation cnearer than when we believed.
12 The 1night is far advanced, and the aday has drawn near. Let us therefore cast off the bworks of darkness, and let us put on the cweapons of light.
13 Let us walk becomingly as in the aday; not in breveling and cdrunkenness, not in fornication and licentiousness, not in dstrife and ejealousy.
14 But 1aput on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no 2provision for the bflesh to fulfill its lusts.
E. In Receiving the Believers
1. According to God's Receiving
1 1Now him who is aweak in faith 2breceive, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his 3considerations.
2 One believes that he may eat all things, but he who is weak aeats vegetables.
3 He who eats, let him 1not despise him who does not eat; and he who does not eat, let him 1not judge him who eats, for 2God has received him.
4 Who are you who judge another's household servant? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will be made to stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 One judges one aday above another; another judges every day alike. Let each be fully bpersuaded in his own mind.
6 He who regards that day, regards it to the Lord; and he who eats, aeats to the Lord, for he gives bthanks to God; and he who does not eat, does not eat to the Lord, and he gives thanks to God.
7 For none of us alives to himself, and none dies to himself;
8 For whether we live, we alive to the Lord, and whether we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore whether we live or we die, we are the bLord's.
9 For Christ adied and lived again for this, that He might be bLord both of the dead and of the living.
2. In the Light
of the Judgment Seat
10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the 1ajudgment seat of God,
11 For it is written, a"As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall openly confess to God.''
12 So then each one of us will agive an account concerning himself to God.
3. In the Principle of Love
13 Therefore let us ajudge one another no longer, but rather judge this: bnot to put a stumbling block or cause of falling before your brother.
14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that there is anothing 1unclean of itself, except to him who considers something to be 1unclean; to that man it is 1unclean.
15 For if because of food your brother is 1wounded, you no longer awalk according to love. Do not bdestroy by your food that man for whom Christ died.
4. For the Kingdom Life
16 Therefore do not let your agood be slandered;
17 For the 1akingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but 2brighteousness and cpeace and djoy in the Holy Spirit.
18 For he who 1aserves Christ in this is well pleasing to God and approved by men.
19 So then let us 1apursue the things of peace and the things for bbuilding up one another.
20 Do not abreak down the 1work of God for the sake of food. bAll things indeed are clean, but it is evil for a man to eat while cstumbling others.
21 It is good anot to eat meat nor drink wine nor to do anything by which your brother stumbles.
22 The faith which you have, have to yourself before God. Blessed is he who does not judge himself in what he approves;
23 But he who adoubts is condemned if he eats, because it is not out of faith; for all that is not out of faith is sin.
5. According to Christ
1 But we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those who are aweak and not to please ourselves.
2 Let each of us please his neighbor with a view to what is good for abuilding up.
3 For Christ also did not please Himself, but as it is written, a"The reproaches of those who reproached You fell upon Me.''
4 For the things that were awritten previously were written for our instruction, in order that through endurance and through the 1encouragement of the Scriptures we might have bhope.
5 Now the aGod of endurance and encouragement grant you to be of the bsame mind toward one another according to 1cChrist Jesus,
6 That 1with aone accord you may with bone mouth cglorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Therefore areceive one another, as 1Christ also received you to the glory of God.
8 For I say that Christ has become a 1servant of the circumcision for the sake of God's 2atruthfulness, to confirm the bpromises given to the fathers,
9 And that the Gentiles should glorify God for His amercy, as it is written, b"Therefore I will 1extol You among the Gentiles, and I will sing praise to Your name.''
10 And again he says, a"Rejoice, Gentiles, with His people.''
11 And again, a"Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples speak praise to Him.''
12 And again, Isaiah says, a"There shall be the 1broot of Jesse, even He who rises to rule the Gentiles; con Him will the Gentiles hope.''
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and apeace in believing, that you may abound in bhope in the cpower of the Holy Spirit.